Charlie Cooper is labeled a Defiant under the new Millstone regime. It’s not long before he learns that Millstone’s levels of Defiance are really a way to divide and control the population. It’s bad enough that rationing is implemented, but when his young son’s health is put in jeopardy, he is forced to take a stand. Angry and scared, Charlie vows to do whatever it takes to save his son’s life, even if it means remaining defiant and facing harsh consequences – Nobody is safe from the watchful eye of Millstone’s officials.
Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. When her mom suddenly dies, Bailey discovers they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator, is to be believed her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead, and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.